Everblades Add Two More to Roster
ESTERO, FL - Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Greg Poss announced today that forwards Mathieu Roy and Brennan Sarazin have signed contracts for the 2010-11 season, making them the fifth and sixth players signed by the Everblades for the upcoming season.
Roy (pronounced: WAH) returns for his third season with the Everblades. Last season the 23-year-old posted 26 points (13g, 13a) and 83 penalty minutes in 51 games with Florida.
"Mathieu is a player we targeted hard to bring back this year," Poss said. "He brings an element of toughness to our team which we need. He battled through a tough shoulder injury last year and now that he is healthy we expect him to take the next step. There is nothing but positives about the way he is a team player and his character."
Two seasons ago Roy put together his best professional season notching a career high in goals (22), points (46) and PIM (119) in 69 games with the Everblades. The Amos, Quebec native also saw action in two games at the American Hockey League level in 2008-09 with Rochester and Albany, recording one assist.
"I'm really happy to be coming back to the Everblades," Roy said. "After talking to coach Poss I think the system he's bringing in fits me well and I can't wait to get back on the ice and try to help the team go all the way."
During his rookie season the winger posted strong numbers with the Pensacola Ice Pilots tallying 45 points while skating in all 72 games. Prior to turning pro Roy spent four years at the junior level with Acadie-Bathurst and Val d'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In his four junior seasons he tallied an impressive 289 points (144g, 145a) in 268 games.
Sarazin comes to the Everblades after spending the 2009-10 season in France with Strasbourg where he tallied 18 points (7g, 11a) and 44 penalty minutes in 26 games. The 26-year-old was teammates at Strasbourg with Bobby Raymond who signed with the Everblades earlier this off-season.
"Brennan is a real good multi purpose player who is very good defensively," Poss added. "He's strong at the front of the net and gets most of his production from there. He's also a smart player when he doesn't have the puck and we're excited to see him take the experience he gained in France last year and move forward in our program."
Sarazin and Raymond also teamed up together for their college careers at the Rochester Institute of Technology. During his four-year career at R.I.T. Sarazin recorded 87 points (39g, 48a) and 186 PIM in 139 games. The Nepean, Ontario native's best season came during his senior season in 2008-09 when he punched home 19 goals and added 23 assists in 38 games.
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